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Matricks Acro Faculty

MEET THE TEAM

Michelle Hernandez

Co-Founder & Head Instructor

Michelle is a skilled and accomplished Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach, recognized and certified by the National Coaching Certification Program. Additionally, she holds a certification as an Acro Instructor from Acro Dance Teachers Association & Acrobatic Arts. Michelle has undergone competitive training in various dance forms including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acro, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop. Furthermore, she possesses national-level training as a Rhythmic Gymnast.

Michelle's involvement extends beyond coaching and training, as she also excels in choreographing performances for prominent sports teams such as the Toronto Marlies and the Toronto Argonauts. Her dedication to the gymnastics community is evident through her role as a certified Meet Director for Gymnastics Ontario, where she has successfully hosted provincial-wide competitions for seven years at Woodbridge Academy of Gymnastics along with managing their Recreational & Competitive Team for 7 years.

An esteemed founding member of ADA (Acro Dance Adjudication), Michelle has gone the extra mile to obtain her Acro Dance Adjudication Certification, showcasing her commitment to excellence in this field. Currently, she holds the position of Acro Director at a dance studio and teaches Acro across the GTA. 

Michelle is also a distinguished Co-Founder of Matricks Acro Inc. & The Acro Company, which stands as Canada's Leading Acro Intensive & Training Program. Alongside her other accomplishments, this role underscores her significant contributions to the world of acrobatics and gymnastics training in Canada.

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Monica Sorbara

Co-Founder & Head Instructor

Monica Sorbara is a highly accomplished dancer and performer with a diverse background in various dance styles. She received competitive level training in acrobatics, jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, tap, and hip-hop, showcasing her versatility as a dancer. Her dedication to her craft led her to pursue higher education at Toronto Metropolitan University Performance Dance program, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.

Professionally, Monica has had the privilege of being a member of prestigious dance teams such as the Toronto Raptors Dance Pak and the Toronto Blue Jays J FORCE team. Her talent has been showcased in various notable events including the JOGA x Reebok Fashion show for Toronto Women’s Fashion Week, the Pan Am games opening ceremony, David Foster Gala, WeDay, and performances with Creativiva. Additionally, she has showcased her skills in film and television commercials for Nikon and Peloton.

Beyond performance, Monica is an exceptional instructor, specializing in competitive Acro dance, and her choreography has garnered awards. Her influence extends into the sports realm, where she excels in choreographing guest performances for prominent teams like the Toronto Marlies and the Toronto Argonauts.

Monica's commitment to professional development is evident through her certifications from the Acro Dance Teachers Association and Acrobatic Arts. She is also recognized as a Founding Member of ADA (Acro Dance Adjudicators), further solidifying her standing in the dance community.

Additionally, Monica is a distinguished co-founder of Matricks Acro Inc. & The Acro Company, which are regarded as Canada's Leading Acro Intensive & Training Program. Her dedication to holistic health and wellness is demonstrated by her certification as an Animal Flow instructor, along with her ongoing studies in personal training, nutrition, youth fitness, and performance enhancement. This comprehensive approach reflects Monica's commitment to fostering physical and artistic growth in both herself and those she teaches and collaborates with.

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Daniel Bordonali

Media Director & Head Instructor

Daniel has been immersed in the dance world for 15+ years. He has been competitively trained at Art and Soul Dance Company, specializing in Jazz, Acro, Tap, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical and Modern. During his time as a competitive dancer, he has travelled and placed respectively throughout competitions in North America (The Dance Awards, Hall of Fame Dance Challenge, Fever, Jump, Starpower, Candance). He has worked with world renowned choreographers like Travis Wall, Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Teddy Forence - to name a few. In 2014 he began his passion of teaching and shared his knowledge of technique & choreography. Daniel has been featured at the MMVAs, Bridge to Artists, Music Videos with Tate McRae and more. He received his certification through the Acrobatic Arts Teacher Certification Program to not only progress Acrobats, but to facilitate their growth in a safe environment. Furthermore, videography and editing have been apart of his creative lifestyle. He specializes in Social Media Content and Creation and currently curates all video content for Matricks Acro Inc.  

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Emily Pisani

Head Instructor

Emily started dancing when she was just three years old and competed with The Dance Corps full time competitive team for 13 years. She has been training in acro specifically for the past 15 years. Emily attended the dance program at Iona Catholic Secondary School for all four years of high-school and is now studying business in the University of Toronto’s Rotman Commerce program. She has done half time performances at both Toronto Marlies and Toronto Argonauts games. Emily first started with Matricks Acro by being awarded Top Acrobat at Canada's Leading Acro intensive. Emily has been teaching for three years and is excited to continue sharing her passion of dance with the next generation of dancers. Emily is certified through Acrobatic Arts Teacher Certification Program. 

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ALEXANDRA
GUALDIERI

Head Instructor

Alex began her dance journey when she was only three years old and started competing with JCB Danceworks on the competitive team until she was 17. She has specifically been training in acro for the past 16 years . Alex attended the dance program at St. Elizabeth Catholic High School for all four years of high school. She has since gone  to Dalhousie University to study a BSc in psychology while also competing with her schools dance team the Dalhousie Black and Gold. She has performed in half times at both Toronto Marlies and Toronto Argonauts games. Alex has been teaching for 5 years & is certified with Acrobatic Arts Certification Program. She cannot wait to continue sharing her passion for dance and acro with the next generation of dancers.

ANGEL DI MARTINO PALLADINO

Head Instructor

Angel is an ambitious dancer and dance teacher from Maple, Ontario. She is a versatile performer who is competitively trained in acrobatics, ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and tap. She attended Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts where she trained specifically in modern and ballet. She successfully graduated from the Arts Program with Ontario Scholar and a Four Year Honour Roll award. Angel has achieved numerous awards as a soloist, including Top 10 Senior Female Best Dancer at The Dance Awards. Angel has participated in many professional shows including “Come On, Dreamer”, directed by Brooke Gilmour. She has also performed in 3 shows with the professional dance company, “Bridge to Artists”, where she has been able to improve her artistry as a dancer. Angel began teaching dance in 2019 and acrobatics in 2021. Angel is certified through Acrobatic Arts Certification Program. She has found a passion for sharing her knowledge and loves watching her students thrive!

JAYDEN LAU

Head Instructor

Jayden is a competitive dancer, training in acrobatics, jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, and hip-hop. From Toronto, Ontario, Jayden has been competitively dancing for 12 years now and has gone on to place in the Top 10 Senior Male Best Dancer at The Dance Awards. He began teaching and assisting with Matricks Acro Inc, finding a new passion for nurturing the next generation of Acrobats.

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ELLA PILLON

Head Instructor

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Zoe Leung

Acro Assistant

Zoe is currently competitively dancing in ballet, tap, jazz, acro, lyrical & hip hop. Zoe was awarded Top Acrobat at Canada's Leading Acro Intensive presented by Matricks Acro. Zoe is a certified Acrobatic Arts Acro Assistant. 

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Nicole Michaelsen

Acro Assistant

Nicole is currently competitively dancing in acro, ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, tap and hip hop. Nicole is representing World Performers Canada in Prague, Czech Republic at the World Dance Cup in 2024. 

Nicole has been assisting at her home studio for 2  years and is currently at an art school in the dance program. 

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Looking to join our team?

Contact info@matricksacro.com

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